With Winter on the horizon many of us will be spending much less time and attention on our gardens, preferring instead the warm and cosy space inside our homes. This is unavoidable and completely understandable. Our British Winter is not the most inviting environment, to say the least! But the problem with this is that many of our gardens look so desolate during these months which, in turn, discourages us to spend time in them.
So, what about creating a beautiful Winter Garden for you and your family to enjoy? You’ll be glad to know that it’s a lot easier than it sounds!
Why consider a Winter garden?
It’s a well-known fact that the Winter, with its limited daylight, cold temperatures, and grey skies, can have a major effect on people’s moods and energy levels. This can lead to people feeling down, depressed, and lethargic, and more likely to ‘hibernate’ inside rather than making the most of their outside space. Spending time outside, whether it’s working on your garden or just enjoying the space, can do wonders for your mood. So, creating a stunning Winter garden for you to enjoy, could be just what you need!
How to prepare your Winter garden
So, where do you start? The first thing you need to do is to make sure your garden is ready and prepared for the creation of your Winter garden. First thing’s first… Before you can get creative, I’m afraid you’ll need to do hard work of preparation. This includes:
- Get rid of your old, rotting, and finished plants
- Remove invasive weeds
- Prepare your soil for the coming Spring
- Prune your perennials
Once you’ve done the above, your garden will start to look clean, tidy, and fresh, ready for you to get your creative hat on! It’s a good idea at this stage to get some inspiration for your Winter garden online, or by visiting some of the fantastic winter gardens in the UK.
What type of plants?
The main stars of your Winter garden will be your plants, so choose wisely! There are many plants which thrive during the Winter months and can compliment your garden in terms of colour and style. Your choice of plants is of course down to your personal taste, and garden size and style, but below is a selection which we feel will add colour and vibrancy to any Winter garden and will give you a good starting point for your project.
- Winter-Flowering Heather
Pink, white and purple flowers, great for low-growing texture.
Also known as the Christmas Rose, as it flowers during mid-winter.
- Japanese Quince
A hardy, woody shrub which flowers in winter and early spring.
A deciduous shrub with strong scented flowers, which comes in a variety of colours.
- Witch Hazel
Fragrant, wiry flowers which come in shades of red, orange, and yellow.
- Snow Drops
For a rustic, woodland look. Flowers open early new year.
A small, woody shrub which is known for its colourful red and yellow stems.
What type of vegetables?
For those of you who love a bit of gardening and want to put in a bit of extra effort over Winter, why not plant some winter veg? There are plenty of vegetables which are perfectly suited to Winter conditions, particularly root vegetables. Why not try some of the suggestions below?
Onions are quite happy in winter soil, even at zero-degree temperatures, and come Spring you’ll have access to fantastic home-grown onions.
Garlic can happily grow at winter temperatures and are fast growers too! Plant in Autumn for mid-January sowing.
As a close cousin of the onion and garlic plants, leeks can also grow happily at low temperatures and make a fantastic addition to your stews and casseroles come Spring!
- Brussel Sprouts
Brussel sprouts are another vegetable which can thrive in winter conditions. Plant during Autumn for a Spring harvest.
Spinach is a hardy vegetable which grows happily during winter. A fantastic addition to salads, pasta dishes and curries.
There you have it, your very own blueprint for the perfect Winter garden. So what’s stopping you? Get outside, get creative, and get cracking on your very own stunning garden to enjoy during Winter.